Case Studies

Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture

Fukushima Tanbo Art Project

Kickoff to the Bright Future of Fukushima! This Summer J Village Restarts after a 7 Year Silence Since the Great Tohoku Earthquake!

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This rice paddy art project was begun in order to promote Fukushima’s attractiveness to the world by the project owner who had visited here to work as a nuclear power operator of Fukushima after the Great East Japan Earthquake. He always interacted with local people and felt how kind they were, and one day when he took a bus on his way to work and saw the arid scenery, he couldn’t help thinking about what he could do to make it change.
Although it is now just their second year, they already have gotten a lot of support from various organizations. This year they will show the design themed as “Kickoff towards Fukushima’s bright future” in collaboration with local high school students.
At one of the two venues, visitors can see the artwork designed of “IWAKI FC,” belonging to the Tohoku Society Soccer League and home to this city. Another one depicts the local mascot of Naraha Town, “Yuzu-taro,” with a complex sport facility “J Village,” the first soccer national training center, to celebrate them starting their business again from 28 July 2018 and the full renewal in spring 2019. Since It had been used as a corresponding base camp since the nuclear accident, their business has been stopped since then.
They also host several events such as rice plantation, rice harvesting, and Live BBQ as well as selling their rice and developing new rice products with mixed grains. Why don’t you come visit here to support them in many ways and mark a new chapter in the history of Fukushima?

Fukushima Tanbo Art Project


1. Next to Wonder Farm, Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture
2. 50 Kanayama, Oaza Yamadahama, Narahama-machi, Futaba-gun, Fukushima Prefecture